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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Unemployability Podcast June 1

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Everyone needs to hear this show. IU vets and vets under 62 receiving SSDI. Your benefits are at risk.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2017/06/01/hadit-podcast-thursday-june-1-at-700-pm-edt-va-budget-and-iu-show

 

I believe it was stated that you don't have to report income if you don't get a W-2 I'm not sure that is correct some folks get paid with a 1099 and that has to be reported also. I imagine the VA, like the IRS requires you to report all income even if you don't have a paper trail. I have a tiny amount of income that is not reported to IRS but I report because that is what my accountant told me is the legal thing to do.

Clarification:

For example: a veteran with PTSD works for a family friend’s business. The family friend provides the veteran with an office and duties that afford limited interaction with other people. The veteran’s salary pays his bills, and is over the current poverty threshold. Because the veteran’s job has been tailored to his individual needs (limited interaction with other people), his job is considered to be sheltered, and therefore falls under “marginal employment.” The VA cannot consider this job as being substantially gainful employment, and must not use it against him in determining IU.

https://www.hillandponton.com/unemployability-iu-guide/

Marginal employment shall not be considered substantially 
gainful employment.  Marginal employment generally shall be 
deemed to exist when a veteran's earned annual income does 
not exceed the amount established by the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, Bureau of the Census, as the poverty threshold for 
one person.  

Significantly, however, marginal employment may also be held 
to exist, on a facts found basis, based on employment in a 
protected environment such as a family business or sheltered 
workshop even when earned income exceeds the poverty 
threshold.  Consideration shall be given to all claims as to 
the nature of the employment and the reason for the 
termination.  38 C.F.R. § 4.16(a).
Edited by Tbird
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